As part of our Music Promise 'Joyous Celebration' month our little ones are celebrating and performing in every primary school across the city to mark their amazing achievements as part of the Musical Pathways to Learning programme.
Seven thousand five hundred children between three and eight years have been on a magical journey of discovery through musical pathways. Delivered by the Western Education and Library board music service, this programme has been rolled out on an unprecedented scale this City of Culture year.
The programme sees both children and their teachers engaging in a special learning programme which uses games, rhythms and songs to supercharge the confidence,self esteem,literacy skills and social skills of young children.
Across this month the seven MPL tutors have been celebrating the achievements of their young students through showcase concerts for parents and friends in every primary school in the Derry City Council area.
For MPL Co-ordinator Claire Cunningham this year has been extraordinary 'I think the real success of MPL has been the ripple effect it has had in the schools.Our small team of seven has worked with teachers right across the city and 430 teachers attended training sessions so they can now continue to use MPL learning tools independently with their classes.'
'We have enjoyed so many highlights throughout the year, it's been a hectic but rewarding experience for everyone involved and this wonderful and unique musical adventure will create a thrilling musical legacy - we hope for many years to come.'
The MPL team had a very special MPL treat yesterday for Foyle view Special School when they came to celebrate not only the completion of the students MPL music promise journey 2013 but they decided to dress up as Christmas characters, tell some stories and the WELB orchestra were there with them - what a treat.
For Music Promise Director Donal Doherty, who led in the development of the specialist MPL learning programme, the results from this year are remarkable 'I am absolutely thrilled at the success of MPL this year, and the feedback we have had over the course of the year bears testimony to the effectiveness of the programme in aiding learning.'